What is it about?

The Munich Swallowing Score (MUCSS) is a clinician rated scale for the assessment of the functional level of swallowing saliva/secretions, food and liquids. The MUCSS consists of two eight-point subscales, MUCSS-Saliva and MUCSS-Nutrition.

Featured Image

Why is it important?

With the MUCSS an ordinally scaled dysphagia score is available to assess the functional ability of swallowing saliva/secretion and oral food intake. MUCSS-S and MUCSS-N can be used separately or added to MUCSS-SN to give a total score. Including the outcomes of the previously published study and according to these preliminary results, the MUCSS is a reliable, valid and practical tool.The scores offer clinicians and researchers a standard approach to measure the functional ability of swallowing saliva/secretions and food/liquids at baseline and to assess changes over time.


Experience has shown, that many patients who aspirated saliva were able to swallow other consistencies safely. To cover the different levels of both categories we developed a separate grading. I hope the MUCSS provides a useful tool for clinicians working with dysphagic patients.

Gudrun Bartolome
Stadtisches Klinikum Munchen GmbH

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: Validation of the Munich Swallowing Score (MUCSS) in patients with neurogenic dysphagia: A preliminary study, Neurorehabilitation, November 2021, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/nre-210011.
You can read the full text:



The following have contributed to this page